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Taylor Pyatt has been a fantastic addition for the Rangers.
The Rangers lost Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedetenko, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov in the offseason.
You can't keep everybody—it's impossible.
The only thing you can do is try to replace them.
The Rangers have done a good job of that.
They brought in Taylor Pyatt, Jeff Halpern, Benn Ferriero and Arron Asham.
The best of those four has been Pyatt.
Originally pegged as a third-liner, Pyatt has found his way onto the second line and second power-play units. So far, he has three goals.
Halpern has been a valuable penalty killer and has essentially replaced Ruslan Fedetenko straight up.
Ferriero, an in-season addition, has been a spark plug as a grinding winger. Asham has provided toughness and is willing to drop the gloves.
The Rangers could've sat back and hoped that some young players would fill the roles of the departed.
They chose to be proactive.
Doing that continues to send a message to the players that any excuses are gone.